Kat Downs

Starting from Scratch

If there is one thing I have learned that I constantly need in my life, it’s perspective. For some reason, when anything becomes even remotely challenging that’s the FIRST thing that goes. Every time.

This is why I enjoy teaching private music lessons.

Seems unrelated, I know. Just stick with me.

I had the joy of starting a brand new flute student a few months ago. I love this. You both sit on the floor cross legged and open your flute cases. You tell the new student the names of the different parts of the flute. You ask the student to put the instrument together the way they think it should be put together and then play it for you. It’s this great cozy bonding moment. One of my favorites ever.

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Sit Kitty Sit

…meanwhile, while mr. F pours shots in the kitchen…

I would be lying if I said the last two weeks have not been a bit crazy-go-nuts.

Sit Kitty Sit is going to SXSW (eeeek!!!!!) – we’re traveling along with Tokyo Raid, and crashing DIY -style at a friends place in Austin.  The whole thing happened kind of last minute and I’m still all in a whirl about it – we are still in the full- flurry of having just released an album, and now there are so many MORE arrangements to make, so many behind-the-scenes lists of things that need to be addressed, so many bands to go see…where do I start??  Like a candy store.  I won’t sleep the whole time I’m there, I’m sure.  I will come home dripping in that stinky stuff we call inspiration.

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Making Stuff

Making a new website, making new music, and taking the first steps to making myself a piano tuner.*jumps for joy*

ALL PIANOS ALL THE TIME (also flutes)

Excited to be moving into a new rehearsal space with Mike – much less gritty than the one you see here, although sadly still very green.

I’m really looking forward to adding to my student roster as well – it’s been a hand full of years since I did teaching almost full time, and I’m really looking forward to bringing that back into my life!

–k